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  • Hello from Washington state!

    Hello to all!

    My name is Tera and I'm 38 years old. I've lived in Washington state my entire life, and currently I live on the Olympic peninsula. (It's a beautiful area!) I'm the daughter of a retired sergeant (Seattle PD), and grand-daughter of a retired (now deceased) Tacoma police chief. Law enforcement runs in my family...I have an uncle who is also retired from the Tacoma PD, and other family members who are in law enforcement and military.

    I just graduated from college (went back to school after 15 years of being a stay-at-home mom), I'm a mother of three, and this spring I finished my degree in chemical dependency counseling. Currently I'm working at an in-patient residential treatment facility for people with severe drug addictions. I'm going back to school in the fall to complete a degree in criminal justice.

    I've always wanted to be a cop...to follow in my father's footsteps, and his father's footsteps. But to be honest, at my age, I don't think it's going to happen. But I would like to work in the criminal justice field. I just don't know where I'll end up yet.

    When I was just a kid, I approached my dad with my dream of becoming an officer. He steered me away from this occupation, because he said that it's very hard on women to be cops. I'm not going to go into details here, but what he said made me re-think my path. My dad's a good man, and I respect what he said. But part of me really wishes I would have pursued my dream anyhow.

    Anyway...I just wanted to say that all of you who serve and protect, you have my deepest respect.

    I'm happy to be here and I'm looking forward to reading your posts and being part of your community!

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    Welcome!!!!
    Your Gauging Intelligence From An Ignorant Scale

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    • #3
      Thanks, vacop4274!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by TERA View Post
        But part of me really wishes I would have pursued my dream anyhow.
        Any reason why you can't now???
        "First of all, then we have to say the American public overwhelmingly voted for socialism when they elected President Obama." - Al Sharpton, March 21, 2010

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        • #5
          Originally posted by equinox137 View Post
          Any reason why you can't now???
          I'm 38. I feel like I'm 50...lol

          How many cops enter the occupation at my age?

          I'll be 39 when I'm finished with my criminal justice degree.

          And I'm not sure what I want to do exactly with the two degrees .....(drug counseling/ criminal justice) but I am interested in working with kids...particularly kids with drug problems and criminal histories.

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          • #6
            When I went to the academy for city work there was an individual who was in his 60's and he passed and was a deputy. I don't think your ever to old as long as you can maintain the standards for the department!!!!! But good luck in whatever endeavor you choose!!!
            Your Gauging Intelligence From An Ignorant Scale

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            • #7
              Well like vacop, I went through my SFST cert with a new officer who was in his 50's. He was retired USN and had worked in a factory his whole life since, and decided on a career change. He was a great guy to be around and very knowledgeable. So I would say go for it! Dont count yourself down until youre down! At least check into it? it wont hurt to ask? In my opinion, age variation is a great concept in a department, people who have been around lifes hairpin turns and crossroads are obviously more knowledgeable than young bucks like myself who have a lot to learn about life. Go for it girl! what do you have to lose?

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              • #8
                Thanks for the encouragement! But I know from being close to my father how difficult the job really is....but I also know it was a great satisfaction and a source of pride for him. I think it would be for me, too. During this next year while I'm finishing my CJ degree, I'm going to give it some deeper thought. I'd love to carry on the family tradition.

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                • #9
                  If you really want to become an officer, it is not too late. Federal LE agencies accept people up to 37 years old. And they are allowed to retire after 20 years with a nice retirement. So 38 is not too late. One of my classmates in the academy was 49 when he started.

                  There are a lot of people that want a career change, just look on this website under Hiring and recruitment section.

                  Change is sometimes good, I am moving out to WA to work for another department.

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                  • #10
                    Greetings from another Washingtonian.

                    Sounds like you come from an interesting family line.

                    Have you thought about a career in juvenile probation services? I was a juvie probation officer for 5 years for King County prior to becoming a cop, and with your background and qualifications (especially the Chem. Dep. background), you have a lot of traits that are very desireable for the probation community.

                    To your other question, the oldest guy in my basic academy class was 42 at the time of graduation. You've got life experience to add to the mix, and there are many departments (your father's for example) that do not have an upper age limit.

                    Best wishes, and welcome to the site...

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by christuan View Post
                      Greetings from another Washingtonian.

                      Sounds like you come from an interesting family line.

                      Have you thought about a career in juvenile probation services? I was a juvie probation officer for 5 years for King County prior to becoming a cop, and with your background and qualifications (especially the Chem. Dep. background), you have a lot of traits that are very desireable for the probation community.

                      To your other question, the oldest guy in my basic academy class was 42 at the time of graduation. You've got life experience to add to the mix, and there are many departments (your father's for example) that do not have an upper age limit.

                      Best wishes, and welcome to the site...
                      Thanks!

                      I have thought about juvenile probation. For me, it might just be a perfect fit.

                      Thanks for welcoming me. I love this site...so far I've asked a couple of questions in the "Ask a Cop" forum, and the answers I've received were very honest, direct, insightful, respectful, and appreciated!

                      You guys are the best!

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                      • #12
                        Greetings

                        Hi to all!

                        I am Mike, and live in South Carolina by transfer. I am 48 and am trying to enter a career in law enforcement at this late stage in my life after 23 years in another field. I had pursued this a little when I was younger but got side stracked by hiring freezes, marriage, kids, and my job. I've talked to a few agencies in different parts of the country, and none of them discouraged me at all.

                        I was just hoping that maybe I could get some good honest input from officers, recruiters, administrators, really anyone in regard to agencies in the USA that are very pro-active, and more specifically hiring aggressively enough so as to allow an "old dude" like me this chance in life. This is going to be my second career, but the first one that I truly want. Basically, my background is very clean outside of some things I tried as a kid, but that was 30 years ago. Driving, employment, criminal, etc. are all great.

                        Anyway, I respect all that everyone out there is doing and with luck, I'll be right out there in the near future. Thank you in advance, for any information. Please send me a PM should you care to.


                        Mike

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